Advocates for International Developmentis delighted to invite you to the third and last session of our 2016 Knowledge Group on Trade, Debt and Finance Knowledge.
The first and second sessions of this Knowledge Group explored the ways to improve access to financial services and integration into the global economy. Our first session offered a critical perspective on the microfinance industry, while the second session looked at cash transfers as a method for poverty reduction.
This third session will take the format of an interactive workshop, in which participants are invited to take part in a collective thought-exercise to explore the meaning, utility and intent of trade law and trade regulations in supporting the sustainability of international trade, and long-term equitable access to markets.
We welcome practitioners in trade law or who have a familiarity with trade law and wish to explore their role, as lawyers, in promoting sustainable practices in global trade. To ensure constructive and inclusive discussion, this workshop is limited to 25 people.
This workshop will be led by Joss Tantram, Partner, Corporate Sustainability, Terrafiniti LLP.
Joss is a recognised practitioner and commentator on best practice in sustainability and in new models of enterprise and economy for a sustainable future. He is the author of the Towards 9 Billion eBook series – presenting big, hopeful, playful and creative ideas for a sustainable, equitable future.
Joss is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, a Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar an inaugural Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (ICRS).
About the workshop:
Laws governing enterprise and competition could be said to be the most comprehensively and consistently enforced regulations on the planet. The rights of enterprise, private trade and market activity are important and worth protecting.
However, given the environmental and social challenges of the next few decades, how likely is it that such rights can be protected in the future?
The concept of the Rights of Future Trade is intended to help explore and address this issue. It suggests that trade over the long term would, by its nature, require conceptions of longevity and sustainability and that trade law may provide a solution to the delivery of global equity and sustainability.
In this unique and creative workshop, we will explore the following questions:
- What are the current barriers which are likely to restrain the rights of future generations to enterprise and exchange for personal and common gain?
- Can we imagine a system of trade law that rewards sustainable practices and punishes unsustainable ones, in order to guarantee the rights of future trade?
- What are the challenges of establishing legal responsibility for environmental degradation when this phenomenon is largely a result of aggregate factors?
- Can businesses with strategic intentions of establishing the sustainability of their operations contribute to changing the rules by which all business must operate?
You can read more about the concept of the Rights of Future Trade here.
Feel free to stay behind for drinks and networking that we will be hosting after the talk!
Knowledge Group Coordinators: Akofa Tsiagbe and Addison Pierce, Sherman & Sterling LLP.